Federal judge rules Obamacare is being funded unconstitutionally
The Constitution says "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law," said Judge Rosemary Collyer, yet the administration has continued to pay billions to insurers for their extra cost of providing coverage for low-income Americans.
"Paying out Sec. 1402 reimbursements without an appropriation thus violates the Constitution," she wrote. "Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one."
During argument, secretaries for the Treasury and Health and Human Services departments said they hadn’t done anything wrong, citing a permanent appropriation that also covers Obamacare’s exchange subsidies. But Judge Collyer, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002, said an appropriation for the cost-sharing program “cannot be inferred.”
“None of the secretaries’ extra-textual arguments — whether based on economics, ‘unintended’ results, or legislative history — is persuasive,” she wrote.
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